Arrest and Control Course

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De-Escalation Training

21st Century, De-Escalation, Officer Safety, Arrest and Control Training

Learn how to perform your job more efficiently, go home safely at EOS and look good on camera!

BENEFITS OF TAKING THIS COURSE: This hands-on course will teach officers, deputies, and agents a handful of techniques as well as a structured progression in arrest and control training. The primary goals of the training are as follows:

1. Help officers/deputies/agents do the hands-on portion of their job more efficiently.
2. Help ensure officers/deputies/agents go home safely at EOS, more often and without making a pit stop at the ER.
3. Help officers/deputies/agents add more realism to their training without risk of injury.
4. Help officers/deputies/agents look and sound better on recorded video.

OVERVIEW: Here is a brief overview of the Arrest and Control Training course of instruction:

1. How to cue in on “the precursors” of potential or pending violence – giving officers/deputies/agents more time to de-escalate when possible.
2. How and when to safely close the distance on a subject/suspect AND look good on camera.
3. How to effectively establish control over a subject/suspect AND look good on camera.
4. How to efficiently maintain control over a resistive subject/suspect AND look good on camera.
5. How to de-escalate a situation with officer and subject/suspect safety at the forefront of their minds.
6. How, when forced to escalate, to the handcuff a subject/suspect AND look good on camera.
7. How to train all of these elements (i.e. an actual progression in training that goes FAR beyond learning and practicing techniques).
8. How to gain confidence and skills more efficiently.
9. A handful of things that work across the board.
10. And…officers will get the chance to ask “What if” and “Yeah but” questions during and at the end of each training session.

Roy Harris Police TrainingStandardized law enforcement training usually involves two aspects of training: (a) the presentation of techniques and (b) the practice of these techniques. Every now and then officers are exposed to scenario-based training, where they try to employ the techniques they’ve learned in a dynamic training environment. These scenarios represent an attempt to make the training more “realistic” but unfortunately, this kind of training can sometimes become a bit too injurious.

As good as the above Arrest and Control training methods are, in general, they don’t produce the results that agencies are looking for.

What’s needed in today’s law enforcement training are realistic training methods that lead to skill development rather than unnecessary on-the-job injuries. It also needs an element of training that addresses the fact that many civilians carry cellphones that have video recorders on them. And this is where my course shines. Let me give you an example.

Many officers have been taught to apply the downward bar arm when taking a subject/suspect to the ground. Here’s what the standardized training looks like:

1. The instructor explains and demonstrates the downward bar-arm technique.
2. The officers practice this technique a handful of times.
3. The instructor explains and demonstrates a handcuffing technique.
4. The officers practice the handcuffing technique a handful of times.
5. Officer training on takedowns and handcuffing is concluded.

Here’s how I will present the same downward bar-arm technique:

1. I will explain HOW the downward bar arm technique works. (Do you know that how you grab the wrist determines the amount of force used? Did you know that grabbing with the thumb weakens your grip – especially on a suspect whose wrist is larger than yours?)
2. I will explain WHEN the downward bar arm technique works. (Did you know the technique ONLY works like a charm when the suspect’s elbow is at the same level as – or below – your belly button? Do you know how to get the elbow into this position?)
3. I will demonstrate the technique using leverage.
4. I will demonstrate the technique using athleticism. (This way, officers can compare the differences.)
5. I will encourage officers/deputies/agents to practice the technique for 8-12 minutes.(I will also teach them HOW to practice.)
6. I will teach officers HOW, WHEN and WHERE to grab the subject/suspect so they don’t get punched, tackled, or have their weapon grabbed while entering into the bar-arm takedown.
7. I will teach officers how to control a subject/suspect, look good on video, and then take them to the ground SAFELY!
8. I will encourage the officers to practice both of these elements for 8-12 minutes.
9. I will teach officers the most common forms of resistance as well as how to neutralize them – AND look good on camera!
10. I will place 16-ounce boxing gloves on the subjects/suspects and have them begin to resist (with defined resistance and without fear of injury).
11. I will have officers practice entering and controlling the subjects/suspects for extended periods of time before putting them down on the ground with the bar arm takedown for 8-12 minutes.
12. I will then introduce the officers to two of my “unique” training methods. These methods will turbocharge their confidence when dealing with suspects who become hostile, resistive, and assaultive!
13. I will have officers practice this for 15-20 minutes. This is where officers learn how to train realistically without fear of injury!
14. I will have officers change partners as often as possible.
15. I will finish with a brief review and a question and answer period. Total training time: 75-90 minutes. Officer confidence and safety will go through the roof!

And this is only one example of how my course is different from other courses!

My instructor courses accomplish much more than just teach officers/deputies/agents a new set of techniques. Instead, they focus on helping them learn and develop usable, repeatable, and measurable skills. If you’re not learning how to learn and develop these skills, your training may be stuck in the 20th century – and it’s time for a system upgrade!

Here’s some more information for you:


Instructor: Master Instructor Roy Harris
Date/Time: March 2-4, 2020, 6:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: San Diego Police Training Center – NTC
4347 North Harbor Dr. (Bld. 479 – 3rd Floor)
San Diego, Ca. 92101
Cost: To be determined

Registration: Please contact Officer Rhoten regarding payment and possible agency reimbursement. Also, seats are not reserved until payment is received.  

Host info: Mike Rhoten – SDPD Defensive Tactics Coordinator

Cell# 619-666-6056  Desk# 619-388-7964 

If you cannot attend this event but would be interested in hosting a similar event at your agency, OR, if you have other questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at the email address listed below.

Roy Harris

Phone: +1.858.999.3595
Online Courses: Harris.Academy

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